VMware announced Monday it is buying Arkin Net, a company that specializes in software-defined data center security and operations.
Arkin was co-founded in 2013 by VMware veteran Shiv Agarwal.
Arkin’s capabilities work with VMware’s NSX networking software, an area VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger is looking to grow.
Arkin Net has been likened to Google Maps for the enterprise network—allowing enterprise users of VMware’s NSX networking software to see how their network traffic is moving. The purchase is significant for large companies that have a variety of gear and support several offices.
Though many are looking to the cloud as the future of data storage, not all companies rely solely on remote storage. Instead, some companies are still working to maintain their data internally.
NSX virtualizes networks, allowing data center personnel to manage routers and switches with software instead of hardware. Gelsinger has predicted the NSX will be a significant future money maker for the company, because many companies are looking to modernize their data centers so they can offer self-service applications to users.